UTSA College of Business Newsletter
December 17, 2013
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Entrepreneurship Graduate Completes Long Journey

When San Antonio native Raquel Stark receives her undergraduate degree this week in entrepreneurship, it marks the end of a long journey for her. A first-generation college student, Stark has supported herself since she was 18--taking classes as she could pay for them. Now, realizing her dream of a college education, she’ll graduate as a small business owner, a member of the 100 Best Business Students in the college and as president of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization. “I drove by UTSA every day and knew that I wanted to go there,” said Stark, who is 28 years old.  “UTSA was the biggest and best university in San Antonio.”

Business students visit Costa Rica and present financial lessons
Management Professor Studies Destructive Leadership

If your boss reminds you of Darth Vader, then you might be familiar with destructive leadership. Destructive leadership is like crossing over into the dark side. Leaders can be bad by either being ineffective in their jobs, or by being intentionally harmful to their subordinates and organizations. Destructive leadership is one of the many areas of study of Dina Krasikova, assistant professor of management. Professionally, Krasikova studies negative work relationships, but personally the collegial environment in the Department of Management was one of the reasons that she joined UTSA this year following a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Nebraska.

Alumni Association Breakfast featuring Dean Gerry Sanders
College Leads Inaugural International Immersion to India

Seventeen students and faculty will travel to India as part of the college's international immersion program this January. Led by Lalatendu Misra, chair and professor of the Department of Finance, the students will learn how business is conducted in India. “No matter what aspect of business an individual pursues, having a global perspective is critical to success,” said Misra. During the two-week immersion students will visit companies, meet industry experts, experience culture and customs and ultimately develop a business idea based on what they have learned. The college's Office of International Business Programs supports international business degree programs, study abroad and exchange opportunities as well as specialized international events at UTSA.

Andrew and Nancy Ozuna
Renowned Poet David Whyte to Present Program at UTSA Jan. 4

Internationally renowned poet and author David Whyte will present "Solace: The Art of Asking the Beautiful Question" at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4 in the Business Building on UTSA's Main Campus. A dynamic speaker and author, Whyte's presentation will explore the discipline of finding and asking the questions that help us reimagine ourselves, our world and our part in it. In addition to Whyte's public presentation, he will co-host a leadership seminar for UTSA Executive MBA students with Bob Lengel, associate dean for executive education and director of the college's Center for Professional Excellence, and work with students in the undergraduate Leadership Challenge program. All proceeds from the event will benefit the college's Leadership Challenge program.

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